The governorship candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) for the governorship election in Edo state, Thomas Sadoh on Saturday flagged off his campaign.
Speaking at the event in Benin, the state’s capital, Sadoh said if elected governor on September 10, he would channel the governor’s security vote into developing the agricultural sector in the state.
He noted that once the security challenges in the state are adequately taken care of, the security vote would be deployed to ensure farmers in the state get all they need to produce enough for the state and nation at large.
According to him, his only agenda if he takes over the Government House, would be to improve the lot of the people of Edo State.
The PPA candidate lamented that the state of education in the state is in a deplorable state, and that his government would do everything possible to rejuvenate it.
He lamented that there are only 13 science teachers in the whole of the state, and that while his administration would ensure teachers are employed, special attention would be paid to recruiting more science teachers.
According to him, the last time teachers were recruited in the state was 13 years ago, as the state government withdrew appointment letters to those employed two years ago, stating that their recruitment exercise was fraught with irregularities.
He stated that since then, nothing has been done in that direction, despite government’s promise to look into it.
He said the Gelegele seaport will be developed as he has had extended discussion with a Chinese consortium willing
to undertake its construction with no cost to the government, under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
He also vowed to dissolve the marriage between the state and the local governments, giving full autonomy to the local governments, to enable them pay salaries.
Sadoh stated that as governor of the state, he would pay teacher’s salaries, leaving the local governments to play only a participatory role.
His government, he said will pay attention to moribund industries in the state with a view to ensuring they are revived to provide employment for the teeming youths in the state.
Deputy national president of the party, South South, Eddie Okonkwo presented the party’s flag to Sadoh, even as Dave Esokpowen, state chairman of the party said that the PPA is poised to take over the state.
According to Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalist, Edo State Chapter, Sir Roland Osakwe, every journalist in the state and beyond will provide adequate support to Sadoh to ensure he achieves his dream of moving the state forward.
The event was also attended by civil rights activists, as well as people from all walks of life.
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